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It was nothing much really, yet it left an indelible imprint on my mind. I had been resting quietly in my easy chair by the window, submitted to my heavenly calling to "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10a NIV). Suddenly, a lone dove landed quietly on the windowsill, just inches from me. Instantly, I felt a surge of warm comfort enveloping me. In that still moment, I seemed to have experienced the God of the universe come ever so close beside me. I cannot forget this — both the gentle dove that I saw and the comfort that I sensed. I cherish that brief visitation as my very own personal video clip from God to tuck away into my memory.

Since then, I've been replaying that clip. Each time, the surge of comforting warmth is reawakened. Each time, new thoughts come to my mind. I think of how a dove was seen descending softly on Jesus:

Luke 3:21-22 – When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (NIV)

It was God's Spirit validating His Son. Imagine! That is the very same Spirit Whom the heavenly Father bestows on us, His loved ones. It's the same Spirit Who lands softly at our side, assuring us of His comforting presence, even while He is working within our hearts to convict us of and liberate us from our sinful ways.

This morning, in reliving that little video, I think of the mellow cooing of doves which I occasionally hear arising from somewhere in our quiet neighbourhood. Those mournful sounds make me think of God's gentle Spirit empathizing in mournful harmony with human sorrow — both personal sorrow and the sorrow that enshrouds our broken world today.

Surely, the great I AM is amongst us, and with tender cooing sounds, He is calling to each of us: "Be still and know that I am God." He is calling us to know His peace — deep within.

Prayer: Gentle Dove from heaven, lure our obsessed minds away from those noisy, frantic anxieties which weigh on us, and lead us beside quiet waters where we may be reawakened to Your ever-present lovingkindness. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    May it be so, Diane.


    Thank you, Diane. Thank you, Holy Spirit.


    A lovely story and reminder, thanks, and blessings Diane!


    Thanks, Diane. What a beautiful devotional this morning.


    Diane,
    Great sharing, thanks,
    (CA)


    So lovely, so inspiring, so needed!
    Thanks, Diane.
    Blessings, Gratitude, and Laughter.


    Grateful for this peaceful, gentle but spiritual experience you shared with us today, Diane. Blessings on the journey.


    Thanks Diane, a quiet comforting devotion for me: “Be still and know that I am God” is one of my favourite Bible passages.


    Hello Diane,
    Your personal experience adds so much to today’s devotional. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us.


    Hi Diane,
    Another bird story with a heavenly application! Surely that’s not “nothing, really.”
    God spoke to you in a powerful way through ordinary things, a dove on your windowsill.


    Hi Diane,
    Your message tonight inspired me. That verse from Psalms 46 has been my favourite for many years. It has helped me through some rough times, and I repeat it to myself when I need to.
    Thanks.


    Greetings Diane
    Thanks for the reminder to sit quietly. Life is busy as we have our granddaughters doing online learning in our home. Their parents are busy with work. I do try and find a quiet place for pray challenging sometimes.
    I do enjoy your messages. Thank you


    Good morning Diane,
    A beautiful devotional you have written. I love the sound of the cooing of a dove and often hear one in the back yard and it truly gives a comforting feeling as I listen. Knowing our Lord and the warmth of His loving care brings great comfort to us for sure. I always enjoy and appreciate your devotionals. Blessings.


    Good Morning Diane
    What a beautiful site, to see a dove that close and the peace from it. Thank you, for mentioning about the cooing of the doves, I hear them a lot and never connected like you did, I will from now on. When I see a white dove, I cannot help but think of the Holy Spirit and Jesus and now I have new thoughts when I hear the cooing.
    God bless.


    Thank you, Diane, for today’s devotion. It ‘soothed my soul’ today and was the reminder I needed to simply Be Still! We have many mourning doves in the cedar hedge at the back of our yard, and yes, after reading your devotion, I will think of them in a different way.
    Stay well, and may you be lead in your continued writings.
    Blessings!


    Dear Diane:
    Thank you so much for your beautiful devotional message! It is a keeper, and I will be re-reading it daily for a long time.
    Keep on writing! I love opening the devotional and seeing familiar author names – servants of God – who are so talented for this ministry.
    Blessings.


    Dear Diane,
    A lovely image to wake up to in your message today. “Be still and know that I am God” is my reliable go to when I feel out of sorts or lost. As the dove awakens in you that warm comfort, for me when I hear the cardinal singing or see the cardinal fly by or perched somewhere, awakens in my that God is always looking after me in so many different ways that I am so grateful for. May you continue to feel surrounded by that beautiful video clip from God. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful picture of God taking care of you. Blessings.


    Oh Diane, your devotional today is the most wonderful gift to start my day! As I’ve been having some RnR time this week, I so identified with the “Be still and know that I am God”!
    As I have strolled to the water’s edge, I have been so blessed with the quietness around me, the calm waters, and gifts from above – a family of Canada Geese paddling by, the disappearing acts of a couple of loons, AND the most beautiful, graceful swan.
    We used to have mourning doves at the home I just moved from and as you referred to the mellow cooing, I could hear (in my memory) that sound so vividly! Strange that I never had equated them as you did in the devotion… making their presence so much more meaningful.
    Now I have my own ‘video clip’ from God as He has been giving me much needed rest and rejuvenating me after the past very stressful month!
    Thank you so much. Blessings as you replay your video clip!

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